I was an undergraduate student in the chemistry department at the University of XYZ and was working on my senior thesis. My research project was on the synthesis of a new class of compounds and I was using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to characterize them. I was working with my advisor, who was a professor in the department, and a graduate student who was also working on the project.
We had set up our experiments in the lab and were ready to take data. I was running the spectrometer and collecting the data while my advisor and the graduate student were working on another project in the lab. I was excited to be running the experiment and collecting data on my own for the first time.
The data I collected were strange. The spectra didn’t look like anything I had seen before. I didn’t know what to make of it. I showed the data to my advisor and the graduate student. They were both baffled. We couldn’t figure out what was going on.
We consulted with other chemists and spectroscopists. We tried different experiments. We tried different ways of collecting the data. But nothing worked. We couldn’t figure out what was causing the strange spectra.
We finally realized that we were seeing something that had never been seen before. We had made a new discovery. We published our findings in a scientific journal. And my undergraduate thesis became a part of scientific history.